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ditch

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noun \ˈdich\

Simple Definition of ditch

  • : a long narrow hole that is dug along a road, field, etc., and used to hold or move water

Full Definition of ditch

  1. :  a long narrow excavation dug in the earth (as for drainage)

Examples of ditch

  1. He drove the car into the ditch.

  2. <after skidding on the ice, our car went right into the ditch>



Origin of ditch

Middle English dich, from Old English dīc dike, ditch; akin to Middle High German tīch pond, dike


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Civil Engineering Terms


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ditch

verb

Simple Definition of ditch

  • : to stop having or using (something you no longer want or need) : to get rid of (something)

  • : to end a relationship with (someone)

  • : to get away from (someone you do not want to be with) without saying that you are leaving

Full Definition of ditch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to enclose with a ditch b :  to dig a ditch in

  3. 2 :  to make a forced landing of (an airplane) on water

  4. 3 a :  to get rid of :  discard <ditch an old car> b :  to end association with :  leave <ditched school> <his girlfriend ditched him>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to dig a ditch

  7. 2 :  to crash-land at sea

Examples of ditch

  1. The thief ditched the purse in an alley.

  2. They ditched the car in a vacant lot.

  3. They ditched me at the concert.



14th Century

First Known Use of ditch

14th century



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